By Darla Shelden, City Sentinel Reporter —
This story first appeared online on Nov. 11, 2020.
OKLAHOMA CITY – Thousands of Oklahoma families will be served at the Oklahoma Association for Justice’s 11th Annual Day of Kindness, a Thanksgiving food distribution co-hosted by Lawyers Fighting Hunger.
The annual turkey distribution provides a free turkey to families in need at four different sites across the state and a bag of groceries in Tulsa.
World Kindness Day is a celebration of good deeds towards others, embracing positivity and the power of a united community. Introduced in 1998 by the World Kindness Movement, the event is observed around the world on November 13. Over time, this movement has evolved into a World Kindness Week celebration across the United States and other countries.
Each location is first-come, first-served unless otherwise specified. Due to the COVID pandemic, it is important to protect the community and event participants. Masks and social distancing are required.
Lawyers Fighting Hunger distribution locations include:
Oklahoma City: On Friday, November 20, members of McIntyre Law and others will begin distributing 2,000 turkeys at 9 a.m. at Southern Hills Baptist Church, 8601 South Pennsylvania Avenue.
The University of Oklahoma will participate in the Southern Hills event again this year. The Sooner Schooner along with the ponies Boomer and Sooner, Oklahoma Sooners men’s basketball coach Lon Kruger, as well as members of the Oklahoma Baptist University coaching staff will be present at the event. Oklahoma City Firefighters with the Local 157 will also be present to help with the distribution.
Pre-registration is recommended. Contact Noble McIntyre at [email protected]
Tulsa: On Saturday, Nov. 14 (by preselection only), volunteers will be assembling 1000 bags of groceries to go with a 5-pound bag of potatoes and turkey starting at 8:30 a.m.
The event will be held in the Iron Gate parking lot at 2nd Street and Elgin.
The 25+ participating partner agencies include: Women in Recovery, the VA, EduRec, Aruba, Cura for the World, Parkside, Emergency Infant Services, Iron Gate, and others, will pick up all bags, turkeys and potatoes on Saturday.
The remainder of distribution will be done to the families who have pre-registered through Iron Gate and done at their drive through program the following week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. 1000 turkeys & 1000 bags of groceries will be available.
Mustang: On Saturday, Nov. 20there will be 100 turkeys available for distribution beginning at 10 a.m., at Bridge Church, located at 1116 W. State Highway 152.
El Reno: Beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 20, 200 turkeys will be available at the El Reno Elks Lodge, at 415 S. Rock Island.
To support the annual Day of Kindness, Oklahoma trial lawyers give back to the community each year because 1 in 7 Oklahomans suffer from hunger, including 1 in 5 children. People facing hunger in Oklahoma are estimated to report needing $290,887,000 more per year to meet their food needs, according to Feeding America
In the winter, many families are forced to choose between food and the utilities that they need to keep warm and safe during the coldest months of the year.
Participating members of the Oklahoma Association for Justice feel it is important that each year these families have a hot, satisfying, nutritious holiday meal, according to the organization’s press release.
Through the combined effort of the Oklahoma Association for Justice, Lawyers Fighting Hunger, the Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma, and over 100 Oklahoma trial lawyers and law firms, the 11th Annual Lawyers Fighting Hunger event empowers donors to support local organizations providing help and hope in the fight against hunger in Oklahoma.
Donations this year have exceeded $80,000.00, which brings the total funds donated by Oklahoma plaintiff trial lawyers over the past eleven years to just over $935,000.00, the release stated.
To support the Day of Kindness event, donations can be made online at lawyersfightinghunger.com/donate. For more information, visit okforjustice.org.